It’s one thing to rise to the top, it’s completely another to do it when the universe seems to be conspiring against you. Throughout his career as a model, competitive bodybuilder and an athlete Sammrat Chaudhary faced multiple problems that no sportsperson would want to face even once in their lifetime.
He discovered his love for fitness early on as a high school student by getting into track and field while performing well enough to quickly reach the state level competitions. But his success was short-lived as his track and field career ended due to a freak accident at the national selection camp that left him with a major injury in his right knee.
After his brief stint with athletics, he switched trades to becoming a model during his college days due to his love for fitness. Once an accomplished athlete, Sammrat had now started to become the face of multiple brands and appear on the pages of various best selling magazines all over the country.
When all seemed to be going his way, fate decided to take an ugly turn. Diagnosed with typhoid, he became extremely weak and started losing weight as well as strength. A disease that should not take more than a month to recover from gave him multiple months of pain and suffering. Things got so serious that he was left unable to walk at a point of time while his mother and relatives rushed to different places which they thought would help him get better, but to no avail. It was eventually with the help of his current family doctor that he was able to get back on his feet and do something what he was best at—hitting back hard at life.
Building an aesthetic physique is a herculean task in and of itself. What separates the competitors from the champions however, is the mindset behind all that muscle and the ability to bounce back after a major setback. Sammrat discovered the world of physique bodybuilding soon after he joined the gym again and got hooked since day one. After putting in lots of hours and handwork he was able to stack more than 100 kilograms of muscle and sculpt a competitive physique.
Things had finally started to look good for Sammrat and just when it started to seem that the worse was behind him, tragedy struck again. When he visited his family doctor to have a lump in his neck examined, it turned out to be an early sign of serious Tuberculosis.
His doctor gave him the news the way it was - if he wanted to avoid grave danger to his health he had to undergo a treatment that would be excruciatingly painful and he would lose a lot of weight in the process.
“A lot” turned out to be 60 kilograms which left the once towering Sammrat with a skinny and lanky built, nowhere close to his former self.
Slowly working your way up in a field, especially one like fitness and bodybuilding takes a lot of patience and perseverance. Losing all that progress in a matter of a few months can be devastating for any athlete, losing it twice is beyond imagination. One of the key traits that we look for in our athletes is the love for their sport and a steadfast mindset. Sammrat is an excellent ambassador of just that.
“The only thing in my control is to take the decision to get back up again,” he said while telling us his story. And get back up he did, only this time to work relentlessly and claim everything he set his eyes on. After sculpting his body to greatness again, he started his streak of medals and titles in the world of Physique Bodybuilding by winning Mr. Delhi, Mr. U.P, Mr. North India, Mr. India and clenching medals at the stages of Jerai Classic, Sheru Classic and Amateur Olympia.
There are a lot of lessons to take home from this story, especially the one that no matter what life throws at you, a steadfast mindset will always get you through a sticky situation and help you become beyond ordinary!